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Noodler's Rome Burning

I was excited about this ink when it came in the mail. I'd been thinking about getting a sample of it since its inception, but I just hadn't pulled the trigger. Well, I got it, and it's a mixed bag.

On the one hand, it's a color that you're not going to find anywhere else (that I know of). It dries a rich golden yellow. On the other hand, it's a weird color. When it goes on the page it is a weird ear-wax yellow color. It  dries nice, but it looks gross until it's dried. In fact, I used it a couple of times and I was going to ditch it almost immediately. But when I looked back at the page, I quite liked what I saw.

On the other, other hand, it doesn't really behave very well. It spreads and it bleeds. As you can see in the video (below) the big swatch almost bled through Rhodia.

On the final hand, it does a neat trick when you wash it with water. It turns purple. The gold comes right off of the page, and it leaves behind a purple ink. Interesting trick, Nathan. Very neat.

**One final thing: The pen I used it in was the Lamy Vista, and it seems like I have a little bit of shiny purple staining on the front of the section just back of the nib. I bet it'll clean off with some amonia (or some JB's Perfect Pen Cleaner), but be wary of putting it in demonstrators that are piston-filled. It might stain your plastic. **

Took this under fluorescent lights, and my camera was flummoxed. 

Here is the water-test video.

And a couple of pictures taken just after the video was filmed. The purple shows up in the crosshatch, but you can't really see it in the color swab. I think there was just too much gold in there, and the ink was too dry. This review has been sitting around for *ahem* several weeks.

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Michael J. Marzari said...

Hello everyone,

I have reviewed this ink a couple of weeks ago on my blog, maybe you will check this out:

GourmetPens said...

What a peculiar ink! ... Now I will have to get some of course hehe. "Ear wax" ... lovely.

Mike Matteson said...

It's a weird one, but it's kinda fun. I don't know whether to recommend it or not, but sometimes that's just a matter of individual taste.

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